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Expanding Mind – Tracking the Wild – 03.15.17

Ecologist and wildlife tracker Meghan Walla-Murphy talks about following bears, reading the landscape, and cultivating relationships across species (and political) lines. http://www.meghanwallamurphy.com

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US seizure of USD 2 billion in Iranian assets highway robbery: Zarif

Iran says the deduction of around USD two billion in frozen Iranian assets recently authorized by a US court ruling is “highway robbery,” vowing that the Islamic Republic will retrieve the sum. According to Press TV, last Wednesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that the money had to be turned over to the American families of the people killed in …

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Economic Update – Good for Profits, Bad for Society – 02.28.16

Updates on Citibank calls “Recession” for 2016, Robert Gordon’s new book “Rise and Fall of American growth, college students to Europe for free educations, drug and food companies profit at public’s expense, economics of presidential candidates, pension struggles heat up, and why China’s slowdown due to US/Euro/Japan economies. Major discussions of (1) US unemployment and (why profit motive yields economic decisions so often good for profits but bad for society.

Pillage and Class Polarization: The Rise of “Criminal Capitalism” By Prof. James Petras

About 75% of US employees work 40 hours or longer, the second longest among all OECD countries, exceeded only by Poland and tied with South Korea.  In contrast, only 10% of Danish workers, 15% of Norwegian, 30% of French, 43% of UK and 50% of German workers work 40 or more hours.  With the longest work day, US workers score …